Who Am I? Self Esteem and the Bible (Devotions for Real Homeschool Moms)

Self-esteem. It has almost become a buzz word for our culture. We are to teach our children to have good self-esteem. Bad self-esteem is blamed for a myriad of problems ranging from bad behavior to serious psychological disorders.

While I agree that we are very special to God, created in His image, and loved unconditionally by Him, I also think we have “messed up” on our ideas of self-esteem. Too many times I find myself too focused on myself, whether it is to think positively or negatively about myself, I find myself too self-absorbed.

Self-esteem and the Bible

 I find the same pattern in my children. They think very often about themselves. In fact, most of the children I’ve been around seem to be thinking an awful lot about themselves and how things will affect them and how they can get the best things for themselves. We are a very self-centered people. Philippians 2 says…

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Christ did not consider his own self-esteem at all. Instead He, Who was God, made Himself nothing. He became a man. And not only did He become a man, He chose to submit Himself to a very humiliating death on a Roman cross! He became a servant, so that I might become the child of the King.

Thank you, Lord, that You humbled Yourself for me. Help me to be more focused on You and on serving others than on myself.

Self-esteem and the Bible

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